Jesus Dies on the Cross

Jesus Dies on the Cross

As Jesus hung on the cross, suspended only by two nails in his hands and two nails in his feet, some soldiers noticed he was thirsty. They offered him a sponge they had soaked in wine, but Jesus refused to drink.

Many people who saw Jesus hanging there called him names and made fun of him. The soldiers made a sign that they put above Jesus on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.” They did not really believe in him. They were mocking him and making fun of him just like most of the other people.

Jesus prayed out loud to God, “Forgive them, Father, for they do not know what they are doing.” Then he looked down on his Mother Mary and his beloved disciple John. Jesus said to Mary, “Woman, behold your son.” He then said to John, “Son, behold you mother.’ From that day on, John took Mary into his home and cared for her.

Finally, after three hours of agony, Jesus said, “It is finished. Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit.” He breathed one last time. Then, bowing his head, Jesus died (Mt 27:45-56).